And given the recent spikes, health experts warn that things could get worse in the US soon.
Only 20 states are stable on average daily new cases compared to last week, while 23 report more: Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
Seven states are showing downward trends in new cases – Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Rhode Island, Texas, and Virginia.
With fall and winter soon driving people inside and bringing the flu season with them, experts say Americans must adhere to recommended guidelines. Wearing masks, social distancing, and avoiding large crowds will be vital, experts say, as will authorities stepping up testing if infections pick up again.
Johns Hopkins’ record shows that the US, Brazil, India and Mexico account for more than 50% of the world’s deaths.
Some states tackle spikes while others relax restrictions
As trends vary across the US, some local executives are returning to normal while others are cutting back on their efforts to combat the spread of the virus.
Chicago’s bars, restaurants, gyms and personal services are allowed to expand on October 1st as “sufficient progress has been made in the fight against Covid-19,” Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced on Monday.
“In the past six months we’ve asked so much of our business world. But every time our companies have put themselves at the top,” Lightfoot said in a press release on Monday. “This next step in our reopening is great news for business owners as well as the communities they serve and the thousands of residents who work for them.”
And California, a state badly hit by the pandemic, is seeing a positive slowdown in coronavirus rates, hospitalizations and new cases, Governor Gavin Newsom said Monday – but he warned the numbers could rise again if residents don’t stay vigilant.
Meanwhile, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the state would issue guidelines for reopening “covid safe” shelters earlier this week, with an increase in cases among homeless camps. In parts of Brooklyn and Queens, the cases are also increasing “alarmingly”, said the New York Department of Health.
Near New Jersey, 2.6 million rapid coronavirus tests are said to be run by the federal government to help tackle spikes in certain cases.
Coronavirus and children
Children make up about 10% of coronavirus cases, but people should still watch out for the spread of viruses in this age group, said Dr. Anthony Fauci on Monday.
“Children get infected. And we’d better be careful about simply rejecting the infection in children,” Fauci told CNN’s Brian Stelter, adding, “It is unclear to what extent they transmit the virus.”
Some studies suggest they don’t do it as “efficiently” as adults, said Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases and a member of the Coronavirus Task Force at the White House.
“But it’s an evolving situation” and “You have to be open about an issue like the role of children in transmission.”
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report Monday that said Covid-19 was almost twice as common in teenagers aged 12 to 17 as it was in children aged 5 to 11.
The report contained data on 277,285 laboratory-confirmed cases in school-age children in the United States from March 1 to September 19. Of these cases, 37% were children between the ages of 5 and 11 and 63% were adolescents.
The data could underestimate the true incidence of disease in school-age children, as tests were often prioritized for people with symptoms and those without may not have been tested, the researchers found.
CNN’s Holly Yan, Gregory Lemos, Kristina Sgueglia, Cheri Mossburg, Shelby Lin Erdman and Mirna Alshariff contributed to this report.